colors and shapes…

behind closed eyelids


Have you ever had the experience of seeing bright colors (bold reds, blues, purples, etc) and interesting shapes or patterns when faced toward the sun with closed eyes?

I’ve seen colors and shapes behind my eyelids all my life (during the day and at night) and often wished I could, in some way, reproduce what I was seeing.  I’ve decided to start trying.  This is my first attempt and I must admit I added the yellow flash as a representation of the brilliance of the sun on the outside of the eyelids.  I did not experience such a flash.

I should also state that I have treated glaucoma in both eyes, AMD (Age-related Macular Degeneration in my right eye and cataracts, that still are not ready for something to be done about them, in both eyes.  I see an ophthalmologist every 6 months.  However, I’ve experienced this “behind the eyelid seeing” since I was a small child, long before age and genetics crept up on me..

(The beginning of the AMD in my right eye is interesting but I’ll speak of it another day.)

I’ve spent a few minutes researching this colors and shapes (behind closed eyelids) during daylight phenomena and feel I must not be asking the search engine the right questions.  So far I’ve found little information about this.  If you find something please let me know.

Two names cropped up in what I did find:

Eric Schwitzgebel



(I’m not sure exactly who this Purkinje is but I did find a Jan Evangelista Purkinje in Wikipedia, who’s a possible.)

My research has just begun so there will, perhaps, be more information in the future.

Meanwhile I look forward to seeing what I create and no I won’t be deliberately facing into the sun even with eyelids closed just to see what I see.  When it happens by chance I WILL be much more aware that I need to record instantly what I’ve “seen.”

Good evening,


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6 thoughts on “colors and shapes…

  1. Eyes shut, in the dark, I see colors, swirls, blobs that move as in a lava lamp. This goes on when my blood pressure is up. I see, colored and silver glitter, moving from one side of my vision toward the other – it’s really pretty, but a precursor to a cluster headache.

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    • When I was looking for information about eyelids closed/sunlight there were lots of articles about what you’re describing eyelids closed/night/dark. I have the dark ones too. Try looking it up. I get what is called an “aura” before I have migraine. Those are pretty interesting artistically too. Except the colors are constantly moving I tried to do one in a drawing/painting but think it world be better as a .gif so there could be movement. I keep meaning to try it but of course I forget 🙂

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  2. Hi Theanne,
    I am really excited about your project. I usually see bright red or orange when I close my eyes near the sun ( like when lying on the beach.) I also seem swirls of color, among other things, when I meditate. I blogged once about a picture I made to illustrate what I saw with my third eye.

    Keep us posted! I hope you vision improves, inner and outer.

    love, Linda ( litebeing)

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